Briefs for Nov. 28

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Five people hospitalized after rollover accident

Five people were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center on Saturday afternoon after the car they were riding in slid off of a slick Elk River Road and rolled over.

The accident, which involved a Jeep Wagoneer, happened at about 4 p.m. Saturday about five miles north of Steamboat Springs on Routt County Road 129.

According to initial reports, the Jeep came to rest on its roof with three people trapped inside, though the people were able to extricate themselves before ambulances arrived.

Several of the people were injured and were taken to the hospital via ambulance. C.R. 129 was closed briefly at about 4:30 p.m. at the accident scene.

Snowboarder injured

in Buffalo Pass area

A 13-year-old snowboarder was injured Saturday afternoon while attempting a jump while riding in the backcountry in the Buffalo Pass area. He was trying to jump a long distance and apparently landed on his neck, said Routt County Search and Rescue Incident Commander Scott Havener.

According to initial reports, the snowboarder, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was complaining of back and neck pain.

Routt County Search and Rescue was dispatched to transport the boy by snowmobile sled from the scene of the accident to the bottom of Buffalo Pass on Routt County Road 38 to a waiting ambulance. He then was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Chimney fire forces

evacuation in Tree Haus

A chimney fire the in the Tree Haus subdivision forced the evacuation of a vacationing family early Saturday morning. The fire, which occurred at a rental property at 36894 Tree Haus Drive, was reported just after midnight Friday, Routt County Sheriff's Sgt. Troy McDaniel said. The fire was confined to the chimney area of the house and took several hours to put out. No one was injured, but the home sustained severe smoke damage, McDaniel said.

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